Resources and Recycling

UCPH Goals:

  • Increased sustainable procurement, use and recycling of resources in the entire value chain.
  • Recycling of 60% of waste
  • Reduce total quantities for incineration and landfills by 50% per FTE

The world’s resources are under pressure, and people are currently using much too large quantities of scarce materials.

Better resource utilisation when we produce products, consume them and subsequently recycle them or dispose of them is therefore absolutely crucial for us to ensure a more sustainable future.


UCPH has an important role in society and should contribute to the sustainable use of resources at UCPH – from procurement, while the resources are being used at UCPH and until they are to be recycled or disposed of.

This lifecycle perspective entails that resource targets must be incorporated into the entire value chain, so we can reduce UCPH’s resource consumption in all stages and achieve the greatest possible effect. 

Recycling in a life-cycle perspective
Resources have to be considered in a life-cycle perspective



Waste sorting

UCPH has a special potential for strengthening the recycling of biowaste, plastics, glass, metal, cardboard, paper, equipment and fixtures and fittings. Staff and students show a will towards more sorting of waste and have a wish for better waste separation and recycling facilities that make this possible.

Distribution of waste fractions at UcpH
Distribution of UCPH's waste volume

In future, UCPH must ensure meaningful solutions that enable staff and students to contribute actively to the increased sorting of waste at source and improved resource efficiency. 

Less materials

In addition to ensuring sorting of waste at source and optimal recycling of materials, UCPH must reduce its use of materials and resources. This can be achieved through:

  •  More reuse of passive assets – where UCPH becomes better at reusing the objects/resources UCPH already has at its disposal, but which are not used enough or at all. This may be things that have been warehoused or expensive assets that can be utilised better by ensuring that they are shared.
  • More repair of defective assets – where UCPH systematically ensures repair of defective objects instead of buying new ones.